Before kids can play like a pro they must enjoy playing the game like a kid.
— Steve Locker

Steve Locker sees the world through a child’s lens. As a soccer coach for over 3 decades, he’s also tired of seeing kids walk off the field and never return, mainly thanks to the behaviors of adults. His idea to re-invent how we think about youth sports may start on the soccer field but has applications on every field and court.

Steve Locker:

Is a passionate crusader for age appropriate curriculum, child development, parent development and coaching education in the world of youth sports.
Has combined an entire career of playing, collegiate coaching and working with young children into my mission to improve our youth sports culture.

The player:

Played for Penn State University & Hannover 96 in Germany.

The Coach:

16 years as a head collegiate coach, seven of those years at Harvard University (2 Ivy League titles), worked extensively with A.C. Milan in Italy, and holds a
professional coaching license from Germany. Spent 10 years on the Academy coaching staff with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Locker Soccer Academy:

In 12 years, we have had approximately 35,000 children attend our academy classes. He has worked personally with nearly 15,000 children as
director. Authored, Playing For The Long Run, a book devoted to parents and their struggle to navigate youth sports in a healthy way. Having won eight league championships during a 16 year collegiate coaching career, he is wired for success. Being a thought leader in the area of kids in sports, success has
an entirely different meaning than simple wins and losses.